NEW Tarte Clay Play Face Shaping Palette Review and Tutorial

The Tarte Clay Play Face Shaping Palette is the definition of a multitasking makeup palette. Though multitasking, 12 matte shades just doesn’t take my breath away.

However….

The quality of the shades are amazing and I’m so surprised at how much you can actually do with this palette.  I’m the first to admit I don’t fall in love with neutral matte shades, but these are not intended to be used strictly for eyeshadow. These shades can be used for shadow, bronzer, BROWSSS and even blush for some. By some I mean me, I have used this as a blush and was in love at how natural it appeared on my cheeks. I get washed out during this time of year but I don’t enjoy “pinky” blushes. It’s definitely the best time of the year to use this palette as blush to add some color to the skin if you’re a fan of neutral colors.

 

Out of the 12 shades, 6 are 0.035 oz, 3 are 0.070 oz and 3 are 0.21 oz. Most of the shades have a rosy, taupe, grayish or brown tone. This palette is perfect for smokey eye looks and can create both warm toned and cool toned looks. My favorite shade is ember without a doubt- it’s a reddish brown shade. My go-to shade for blush is desert. I used timber as my brow shade which worked, but the red undertone was quite evident on my brows. Next time I will definitely go with terracotta for the brows since it’s a taupe shade. As for bronzer, I use the perfect combination which includes timber, terracotta, and desert 🙂 The shades smoke and stone are a must for any smokey eye, the consistency in all of these shades was incredible. They feel buttery smooth, apply amazing to the eyelid, blend like a dream and last all day.

Swatches with and without flash
Top left: Solstice, Journey, Dunes, Stone, Smoke
Middle: Sand, Ember, Onyx, Instinct
Top Right: Terracotta, Desert, Timber

Final Thoughts…. 

If you need an all in one palette I would grab this ASAP. This is also perfect for traveling, the mirror is huge and clear as day. One of my favorite aspects of this palette is honestly the packaging, it has a heavy feel, a huge mirror, and feels sturdy like it will last forever. This palette also smells sooooo delicious, I can smell it right now as I’m typing. (: weird to say but the smell just puts me in a good mood lol. The only dislike I have with this palette is the 3 white/cream shades. I wish they would have thrown some unique neutrals or maybe a brick orange in the mix. As I stated earlier, the shades are amazing in quality and pigmentation. The colors are neutral and can come off boring but these are essential crease and transition shades that many people use on a daily basis. I definitely feel this is an underrated palette from Tarte. I love Tarte as a brand as they are cruelty-free 🙂 and the pigment is always there with them!

Watch the palette in action below!

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Maybelline City Mini Palette Review & Demo

I have seen so much hype over the Maybelline City Mini Palettes. I can’t lie, the packaging was very intriguing. It took me months to debate if I should give in and buy it. The palette itself is very small, it retails between $7.99-9.99 and you get 6 shades so the shades are priced approximately $1.33 per shade. I picked up the “Urban Jungle” palette which has various shades of greens. This is perfect for the fall season and would favor those especially with brown or green eyes.

First impressions…

These shades are extremely hard to blend, they have the same formula and consistency of their other eyeshadows. It seems like the same exact thing only packaged in a more appealing and eye-catching pattern. The colors are very beautiful in the palette, but there are two shades that are very similar to each other. The gold shade barley shows up on the eyes. You MOST DEFINITELY need setting spray to make these shades even show up, the dark black shade and the matte green shade are the only colors that actually shows up without it. I would have to say those two performed best on the eyes, but were still hard to blend. The other green/gold shimmery shades did not show up at all with a dry brush or finger. The white shade is extremely powdery and chalky, I thought it looked horrible as a brow- bone/inner corner highlight. The shade is way to pale to begin with, the other 5 colors are warm toned and deep- a champagne or off white color would have been a much better match for this palette. Like I said, I honestly believe they threw shades they already had into this palette. The only unique shade to me was the black that had small green glitter particles in it- but the glitter fades away in short time.

Above are shades on the tan part of my arm and my inner arm, I wanted you guys to see how differently they show up on different skin colors. The pictures above are with and without flash. I attempted to re-create this look and removed one eye with makeup remover and re-set it with concealer, powder and primer. It still did not come out the same, it made the shades even more hard to blend and the gold color didn’t really show up at all- even with setting spray. I’m not sure what the makeup wipe had to do with it exactly but it did not apply the same afterwards.

Final thoughts…

If you can find any of these City Mini Palettes on sale I believe it would be worth it. I personally think these are overpriced for drugstore eyeshadows, there are many better options with higher quality priced the same or even lower. I’ve noticed drugstore brands raising their prices increasingly over time, I thought maybe they were changing the formulas a long with it but honestly most of the products have the same formula and aren’t worth the hype. Comment below your opinion of the Maybelline City Mini Palettes, have you tried this one or a different one?

Watch the palette in action below!

NEW Colourpop Concealer, Pressed Bronzer & Highlighter Review

EVERYDAY.

FOR ONE MONTH.

A YOUNG WOMAN WAITED FOR THIS PACKAGE TO COME IN THE MAIL.

AND THAT DAY HAS FINALLY COME 🙂

Hi loves! Today I have a very exciting post for you all, I am SOOOO excited! I hope you all are as well (: I have been waiting ever so patiently for a month to receive my most recent Colourpop haul in the mail, I went allllll out for their new collection. I pretty much have everything except for their collabs which I believe were sold out at the time and I am also missing their new amethyst setting sprays which I really wanted to try. 😦

I bought two concealers with the intention to use one for a full face of concealer without foundation so I could test the coverage to the best of my ability and the second concealer I purchased was intended to be used for contouring. After seeing the word “intended” a few times I’m pretty sure you guys get where I’m going here….. My plan simply did go through the way I hoped.

The shades I purchased were light neutral and medium 30. When Colourpop sent the full collection to influencers it appeared to oxidize on camera and many of them had to use lighter shades because of that reason, so during my purchase I bought shades slightly lighter as well. This was not a good idea… the shade light neutral was extremely pale and didn’t get darker on my skin. The shade medium 30 was MUCH lighter than I anticipated it to be and was actually a close match to my regular skin tone, so it would definitely not work out as a contour shade. I ended up using the shade medium 30 as an all around face conceal and light neutral to brighten up under my eyes and conceal blemishes.

These concealers shocked me…

I used the Real Techniques buffing brush to give it a natural finish, when I usually use this technique with foundation it does not cover my blemishes, well this concealer covered my blemishes (a red one at that) while using the buffing brush. I was SO SHOCKED. I then used light neutral on specific areas and under my eye with a flat, dense concealer brush by It Cosmetics and the coverage was amazing! My face was looking pretty pale but the coverage was full just using a $6 concealer, it did not appear cakey, it did not feel heavy, the consistency was out of this world. I don’t want to call it out yet, but this could be a potential dupe for the Tarte Shape Tape Concealer which was literally sent from the heavens! I did a wear test on this for 5 hours and my skin did get oily, but it wasn’t too bad for being outside in humid weather. I’m EXTREMELY IMPRESSED. 

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The pressed bronzers and highlighters…

Are out of this world. For the amazing price point of $8 you get the most adorable travel friendly (not sized) packaging that includes a decent sized mirror! Sayyy what! The texture and consistency of the bronzer in “Rodeo Drive” was smooth, the formula is amazing and can be compared to a high end product. Rodeo Drive is a cool toned bronzer with a medium red-brown undertone. This easily fixed my pale face and gave me a healthy coloring that matched the rest of my body. The highlighter “Boy Next Door” is described as a “light warm gold.” The shade was absolutely stunning with the bronzer, they sat on eachother so beautifully. When initially touching it, it feels powdery and chalky but on the skin it’s stunning, there are bits of glitter particles but I happen to love that look. I’m sure many people won’t like how it feels but I think if it looks good on your skin- that’s all that matters.

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The question I keep asking myself…

Why did I wait so long to try out these amazing pressed eyeshadows? The pigment is extreme! You barley have to tap your brush into the pan and you have a bold color on your eyes that blends like a dream. I KNOW I will save so much eyeshadow because you don’t need much at all. I got the shades (in order pictured left to right) cannonball (a matte burnt orange,) crisscross (a matte brick orange,) popular demand (a matte red-brown), and stay golden (a matte raspberry). I also got a super shock shadow in the shade sequin (a rose penny copper.) I got each shade for $4 ($1 off) and received a free magnetic palette to put my shades in (: I believe they always give a free palette with the purchase of 4 pressed eyeshadows.

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Overall 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

I’m beyond satisfied with my purchase, I bought so many things and loved each and everyone of them. I usually don’t like every single item I buy but I loved them all. Even though the concealers were too light I think I can find other ways to put them to use. The formula for everything is amazing and goes well when all used together. If you plan to purchase concealer don’t be afraid to go a bit darker if you have a light-medium skin tone similar to mine, both shades I bought from the light and medium section on their website. I might do another haul soon and pick shades from the medium dark section to match my skin and the dark section for contouring. Please comment your thoughts below and if there are any items that have intrigued you on their website list them below so I could include them in my next haul.

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Too Faced Glitter Bomb Palette Review & Swatches

Let me start off expressing how much I LOVE glitter, I was so excited when I saw that Too Faced was coming out with a palette exclusively for glitter. Don’t get me wrong I love a variety of mattes to add dimension to the eyelid but glitter and shimmer is what always draws me to any look. Sooooo I just had to get this palette despite the limited and somewhat negative reviews.

This palette has a total of 8 glitter shades, mainly cool tones. The blue and purple shades in this palette are stunning and is perfect for a pop of color for the summer season. The white and black shades on the sides are used as a base to make the glitter colors pop. Below are swatches with and without the bases, you pretty much need to use the base if you want the colors to show up as they truly appear in the palette.

The first time I attempted to use this palette I used it without glitter glue and it honestly looked like loose sparkly particles rather than actual glitter. So the next day I raced over to Ulta to purchase glitter glue after watching the Too Faced tutorial on how to actually use the palette, which was a fail on my part for not following instructions. That same night I was so excited to give it another shot and it made a HUGE difference. There was actual pigment, it was extremely shimmery and stood out with the base on my eyes.

I’m not a fan of the lightest colors in the palette, it didn’t really stand out on my eyes even with the base (“fairy dust, rosé all day & confetti”)  I tried “work it” with the white base and it looked great, I also tried it with the black base and that made it really stand out. The other shades are absolutely gorgeous with the black base, my favorites are “glitter goals, splash & hot damn.” The gold-ish shade in here worked out very well and gave off tons of pigment.

The fact that I leaned more towards the cooler shades in this palette surprised me, I always go for the warm tones shades and glittery pinks for the lid but this palette broadened my horizons. The light shades may work out well for some but for me it personally didn’t pan out. There is nothing wrong with these shades at all, they are beautiful and am sure people love them.

FINAL THOUGHTS:

Is it really worth it? For a solid $45 I don’t believe it’s worth it if money is tight. I’m not saying it’s a miss but it’s not a hit like I thought it would be. I find that most people are disappointed rather than just not liking it all together. I think the name is a little misleading, even with the glitter glue primer and bases the colors aren’t a true glitter to me, but is rather highly pigmented shimmer shades with small glitter particles. I think if you are a true shimmer lover and wanted to step up your shimmer game and loved every shade in this palette, this would be for you.

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No base or flash
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Base with flash
bright base
Brightening base (white)

I know the bright base is only for the lighter colors but I wanted give it a shot!

dark base
Intensifying base (black)

I know the intensifying base is only for the darker colors but I wanted to give it a shot!

space look
“Fairy dust, rosé all day, work it, hot damn, splash & glitter goals.”
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“Oh it’s on, splash & glitter goals.”

 

Watch the application of all shades in action below! 

NEW Urban Decay Naked Heat Review & Swatches

Urban Decay is famous for their Naked line of eyeshadow palettes and are considered the best shadows on the market. Many people are left wondering if the hefty price tag of $54 is worth it. All Urban Decay palettes come with 12 shades, the original and second Naked palettes are filled with everyday neutrals while the third is full of gorgeous pink and purple shades with both cool and warm toned colors. The Naked Smokey palette is perfect for a night out, so what makes the Urban Decay Naked Heat palette stand out?

It’s full of warm toned shades of burnt oranges, light and deep reds, siennas, burgundies and the perfect crease shade “sauced” which is light brown with a tint of orange. On the rare occasion I’m not using this palette, I always go back in to use “sauced, cayenne and en fuego” as crease and transition shades.  This is the go-to palette for any day or night look. The blend-ability is out of this world, you can do a dramatic look in a matter of minutes. It blends like a dream and cuts the time in half, leaving you with an amazing look that will make you stand out from the crowd. Another reason I love this palette is because it has ZERO fallout, so you can do your face makeup first and not worry about a mess at the end.

If I had a dream palette it would be the Urban Decay Naked Heat, it’s perfect for summer and fall. I’m positive the reds will look great during the Winter season as well. So is it worth it? YASSSS! Even on a budget, saving for this palette is well worth it. I will definitely use this more than 54 times and knowing I can get quality results in a matter of minutes when running late puts my mind at ease. If you are having doubts, shove them away because the hype is for a reason!

Here are some swatches with and without flash, I also added the first look I did with this.

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Mariah Michelle ❤